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Cook County Forest Preserves opens 2023 permit reservations on Nov. 15

Cook County residents and visitors can reserve a spot for 2023 celebrations in the Forest Preserves of Cook County starting Nov. 15. 

All 2023 dates to spend the night camping at one of the forest preserves’ five campgrounds will open at the same time.

Visitors with guests who have a disability can request both picnic shelters or camping options that offer accessibility features, including accessible parking, curb cuts and path from parking to picnic shelter, and an accessible bathroom.

2023 picnic and event permitsPermit sales for 2023 picnics and special . . .

Winter events


  • Flossmoor Business Association open house, 5 to 7 p.m., downtown Flossmoor.


  • Holiday Lights in Homewood, 5 to 9 p.m., Ridge Road and Martin Avenue downtown. Shopping, carousel, mulled wine, cookies, ice sculpture, music, antique car parade.
  • Tree-lighting ceremony with Santa Claus, 7 p.m., Irwin Park.


  • Janet Gustafson’s gingerbread village tours, 3 to 6 p.m. Register at flossmoor.org.


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